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Feb 02, 2012 12:59 AM|LINK
not sure what you mean without the password in asterisks
Connection string in web.config file should have password in plain text.
If you cannot save connection string with correct password, there's something wrong with the way you configure it.
There is no problem with using sql express on your computer. Just make sure you create a database in Management studio and create proper sql login connection to the database.
Do not connect to mdf data file because it will be difficult to configure website & database when deploying to production server.